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The Burning Point

#1, Circle of Friends

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This novel was previously released as Stirring the Embers.

The first contemporary novel by New York Times bestselling author, The Burning Point is a riveting story of the ties that bind two people together—and the incendiary forces that can tear them apart.

Kate Corsi always dreamed of working for her family’s world famous explosive demolition business—a wish her old-fashioned father denied until the day he died.  According to his will, Kate will receive a fortune while her ex-husband, Donovan, will inherit the family business.  But only if they agree to live under the same roof for a year.

Forced into a reluctant alliance, Kate and Donovan must discover the truth about her father’s death—and confront the past that almost destroyed them both.  And as they face their shattered dreams, their wrenching secrets and bitter resentments, they find themselves sliding perilously toward the burning point where passion catches fire once more….

The Burning Point was listed as one of the five best romances of the year by Library Journal.

The Circle of Friends series:

#1: The Burning Point
#2: The Spiral Path
#3: An Imperfect Process
#4: A Holiday Fling (Novella)

Praise for The Burning Point:

“Powerhouse novelist Mary Jo Putney explodes on the contemporary scene with an emotionally wrenching and dramatically intense story.  She tackles a very difficult subject with insight, and compassion.  Exceptionally powerful reading!”
Romantic Times Magazine

“This passionate love story [unfolds] gradually, in trademark Putney style.  The author has created a realistic, well-crafted story, laced with elements of suspense and mystery and featuring sympathetic protagonists whose biggest mistake was marrying too young.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Kate and Patrick are both complex people, and answers do not come easily for the unresolved issues in their past. Set against the backdrop of demolition work and a question of sabotage, this gripping story sizzles with passion and danger, but is ultimately about healing and forgiveness—not only for others, but for ourselves as well. Mary Jo Putney will no doubt gain new fans with this book.”
–The Old Book Barn Gazette

“Ms. Putney is one of the very best authors who excel at historical romances—now she's crafted her first contemporary and fans of both genres will be delighted to learn that her incredible talent for compelling characterization and original premises comes through on every page.  She takes a taboo issue not normally found in a romance and with touching sensitivity, creates a poignant tale about forgiveness and the awesome power of love to heal all wounds….I could not put it down.”

About the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney's novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy.  Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal’s and Booklist's top romances of the year. 

From Publishers Weekly

May 01, 2000 – Known for her historical romances (The Wild Child, etc.), Putney successfully moves into contemporary fiction. Kate Corsi and Patrick Donovan, divorced 10 years ago, are reunited by the death of Kate's father, Sam, who was killed in an explosion at work. The Corsi family company, Phoenix Demolition, takes pride in its spotless accident record, and Sam's death is suspicious. His will leaves the business to his former son-in-law, on the condition that Donovan and Kate live under the same roof for one year. If Kate refuses, the company will be sold. Forbidden by her father to work for the company, Kate now has her chance to work at Phoenix. But can she work and live in such close proximity to the ex-husband she seems to both love and fear? This passionate love story unravels gradually, in trademark Putney style. The author has created a realistic, well-crafted story, laced with elements of suspense and mystery and featuring sympathetic protagonists whose biggest mistake was marrying too young.

Customer Reviews

The Burning Point


I come from abuse. I've never believed there was a good enough reason to either explain it, forget it, or forgive it. Thank God for Ms. Putnam. There are reasons for it, and while it isn't ever forgotten; forgiveness exists and is possible.

The characters Ms Putnam has created here are rich in texture and complexity. They lead real lives, share real pain, joy, and love.

Our families and friendships are so complicated, and sometimes downright strange, yet we love them. Interwoven threads of family and friendship which bring everyone together abound in the story.

I am so happy I downloaded this book. We're never to old to learn new lessons and peel back another layer of truth. About ourselves and others.

Thank you, Ms. Putney.

Unusual story

Very interesting read.

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The Burning Point
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: May 15, 2017
  • Publisher: Pandamax Press
  • Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
  • Print Length: 439 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: #1, Circle of Friends
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